Vagabonda, et. al,
We are coming down to the wire for our 2-week trip to Sicily and are behind in our planning, so lots of questions will be coming your way. Here are just a few.
1. The second week of the trip we plan to spend in the southeast of the island, primarily Siracusa and Noto and the Montalbano sites. Should we base in one place or two from the the second Saturday in May until the following Friday? We want to spend time in Siracusa, visit Noto, Ragusa (Ragusa Ibla?), Modica and Sciclia. Is it best to just base in Siracusa and make day trips to Noto, Ragusa,etc., or better to stay in two places (e.g., Siracusa and Ragusa or Ragusa Ibla)? Also, is it better to stay in Siracusa or Ortygia if we have a car?
We will be leaving for Rome Saturday morning from Catania airport. Where would be the best place to stay the night before? Catania? If Catania, it would probably be a good idea to return our rental car on the day before our flight. Does Catania have a bus service from the airport to the city like Palermo does? Or would it be better to stay at an airport hotel if there is one available?
Any advice would be appreciated. I will also be asking for hotel recommendations, rental car advice and other info. I don't know what I would do without TripAdvisor and Vagabonda and the other Sicily travelers.